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A Different Kind of Independence Day Remembered; July 5, 1899.

Pleas Wynn and Catlett Tipton were publicly executed for the murders of Laura and William Whaley at the Courthouse on July 5, 1899. Theirs was the last hanging in Sevier County.  The circumstances of their crimes, as well as the … Continue reading

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Tennessee Politics Old School: Cas Walker

Over the years, Tennessee has had an abundance of colorful, plain spoken and populist politicians.  Few match the legendary Grocer, Cas Walker, in either  outspokenness or longevity.  From 1954-71 thousands of East Tennessee families began their day with the Cas … Continue reading

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The Courage to Stand Alone Makes Duncan Outstanding on Farm Bill

“I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me… Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them. ” ― David Crockett These … Continue reading

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Sometimes Increased Productivity Isn’t Such a Good Thing

At the dawn of the 20th Century, America remained largely an agrarian nation.  In 1910, for example, the population of Georgia was still greater than California.  While the streets of urban areas struggled to cope with the noisy automobile, mechanization … Continue reading

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East Tennessee’s Connection to the McCarthy Era

Legendary East Tennessee criminal defense attorney, Ray Jenkins, served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Subcommittee investigating Sen. Joe McCarthy using undo influence for his staffer with the Army. The Minority Counsel was a young Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Jenkins, … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Know, But It Sounds Bad” – Jimmy Naifeh

It’s certainly fitting that my first post be dedicated to my old nemesis, Former Speaker Jimmy Naifeh D-Covington, longest serving Speaker of the House in the history of Tennessee.  During my first tour of duty as a State Representative 1988-92, … Continue reading

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